Mathematica is one of two policy research centers that lead the SSA's Disability Research Consortium. The DRC fosters new research from a team of disability policy experts from Mathematica and three universities.
- Health insurance and employment policy issues for people with disabilities
- Evaluation research and design
- Employment and Income Support
- Statistics and Measurement
- Medicaid and CHIP
Gina Livermore is an expert in employment policy and health insurance for people with disabilities with expertise in evaluation research and design. Her work focuses on improving the economic well-being and self-sufficiency of transition-age youth and working-aged people with disabilities and has included research on the prevalence of long-term poverty and material hardship and access to health care for these groups.
Livermore, who joined Mathematica in 2007, is deputy director of Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy and co-director of the Mathematica center that is part of the Social Security Administration’s Disability Research Consortium. She also serves as deputy director of a national evaluation of a demonstration to address barriers to economic independence Supplemental Security Income youth and their families face. She has conducted extensive research on the quality of national disability data, including limitations and improvements in the national system.
Livermore publishes widely and is the author of several chapters in Growth in Disability Benefits: Explanations and Policy Implications, The Decline in Employment of People with Disabilities: A Policy Puzzle, and Counting Working-Age People with Disabilities: What Current Data Tell Us and Options for Improvement. She publishes in journals such as the Journal of Disability Policy Studies, Health Affairs, Social Science Quarterly, Social Security Bulletin, and others. She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and was formerly assistant director of Cornell University’s Institute for Policy Research and a vice president at the Lewin Group. She has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.P.H. in epidemiology from Tulane University.
Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) Project Demonstration
Mathematica is helping to develop a demonstration focused on improving the employment outcomes of state vocational rehabilitation clients who receive only SSDI benefits.
Disability Statistics and Measurement Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (STATS-RRTC)
The mission of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) is to narrow and actively bridge the divide between the producers and end users of disability statistics, thereby supporting better data collection, more accurate information, better decision-making,...
Evaluation of the Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income PROMISE Grants
The Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) initiative is addressing barriers to economic independence faced by youth Supplemental Security Income recipients and their families. Six demonstration programs have been funded to promote positive changes in education and...
Alternatives to Benefit Receipt: Special Journal Edition Offers Insights for Reducing Reliance on Disability Support Programs and Promoting Employment of People with Disabilities
A special issue of the IZA Journal of Labor Policy, compiled and co-edited by Gina Livermore, David Neumark, and David Wittenburg, explores the evolution of disability policy in the U.S., the factors contributing to growth in the disability rolls, and the potential for early interventions and employment...